Djokovic is hunting a fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday but he must wait to discover his opponent.Federer takes on Nadal on Centre Court this evening
Djokovic is hunting a fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday but he must wait to discover his opponent.
Federer takes on Nadal on Centre Court this evening to set up a meeting with the world No 1.
However, the winner may be able to take advantage of Djokovic’s emotions after the Serbian admitted he will be nervous heading into the showpiece finale.
“Well, I’m going to try to go with that kind of mindset as you kindly suggested: it’s just another Wimbledon final,” Djokovic said.
“I’m afraid that it’s going to be more nerves than that involved.
“But as I said, I’ve played Roger here I think two times in finals. I’ve played Rafa also in the 2011 finals.
“I have a successful score against these guys in finals.
“Nevertheless, these are the two biggest rivals that I ever had in my career.
“Of course, I’m going to be excited and nervous and everything that you can think of.
“I’m going to do my best to control that in some way and be able to portray my best tennis in balanced, hopefully, state throughout the match.”
Djokovic needed four sets to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in his semi-final earlier today.
And the 15-time Grand Slam winner was delighted to come through the tricky tie.
“It was a big challenge for both me and Bautista, playing semi-finals,” Djokovic added.
“I’ve lost to him two times this year already, different surfaces.
“But, you know, at one stage of the match, it could have gone different way. Was very close in the third set. We split sets.
“You know, couple of very long games when I broke his serve and he had some breakpoints, very long rally. I managed to make a winner down the line with backhand.
“Obviously winning that game was crucial for me. It gave me more confidence and relief so I could, you know, swing more freely in the next games. The fourth set was the best set of the day. I’m really pleased with the way I ended the match.”